The Douglas XB-43 project was initiated in late 1943, and was basically an all-jet powered revision of the XB-42 design. Two prototypes were built, with the first flight taking place in May of 1946. After several years of being used for testing purposes, the aircraft were retired in 1953. See the links below for more information on this aircraft.
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(updated February 2009)
Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
Type: jet bomber Crew: three Armament: two .50 cal machine guns in tail (never installed) up to 8000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 51' 5" Height: 24' 3" Wingspan: 71' 1" Wing area: 325 sq. ft (30 sq. m) Weight: 40,000 lbs. (max. gross weight) Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: General Electric J35-GE-3 (TG-180) axial flow turbojets Horsepower: 4,000 lbs. thrust each Performance: Range: 2500 miles Cruise Speed: 410 mph Max Speed: 503 mph Climb: 2470 ft/min initial climb rate Ceiling: 38500 ft
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